Top 5 Tuesday – Unputdownable Reads

Good morning my lovelies,

A number of blogs that I follow take part in Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and I thought that I would join in the fun this month too.

Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

This week’s topic is…

Top 5 “Un-put-down-able” Reads

Every once in a while, I pick up a book that’s so compelling I just can’t put it down until I reach the last page. Sometimes it’s because the book is flat-out amazing and sometimes it’s because the book is good but the plot is so gripping that it elevates it beyond that.

For me, all un-put-down-able books seem to have certain common qualities: great characters, clear narrative drive and a premise that hooks me. The writing flows smoothly and is often intelligent but never so dense or challenging that I can’t read it while I’m sleepy or mentally exhausted and it ALWAYS captivates me so much that I experience a host of emotions while reading it.

I don’t read many standalone titles, the majority of the books I read are a part of a series, so, I have decided to tweak this week’s theme a bit and give you five series where every single book I’ve read from it has had me by the short-and-curlies. In other words, I’ve stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, nose in my Kindle at every opportunity during the day completely gripped!

Warrior Chronicles by K.F. Breene is a completed six book epic fantasy series which follows Shanti on her quest to kill The Supreme Being, Xandre, who is a despicable dictator who’s vision it is to have everyone in the land under his tyrannical rule and who was part of the massacre of her entire village when she was just 5 years old.

The world Ms Breene created is populated by peoples of different clans with varying skills such as being skilled craftsmen, effective traders or trained warriors who fight with blade and arrow to either protect their inhabitants or to enslave others. Some individuals, throughout this fantasy land, also have additional paranormal mind Gifts.

I came across this series last year. I’d downloaded the first book – Chosen – way back in 2015 but as I’m not a huge fan of reading epic fantasy, I put off reading it. That all changed last December – it was fantastic! I’ve already read book 2 – Hunted – I’ll post a review soon and have downloaded book 3 – Shadow Lands – ready to read next.

The Immortal Guardians Series (currently 8 novels plus 2 novellas) by Dianne Duvall is a paranormal romance series that I think could sit happily on an urban fantasy shelf due to some of the grittier content, its set in our modern human world, the North Caroline area to be exact, featuring a new twist on the vampire genre.

Immortals and vampires are both infected with the same virus, which lends them dramatically increased strength, speed, healing capabilities and enhanced senses. Vampires are humans who have been infected, whereas immortals are gifted ones who have been infected. Gifted ones are men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts, such as healing, telepathy, precognition and the like. Vampires rapidly descend into madness when the virus damages their brains but Immortals don’t; their advanced DNA protects them from that aspect of the virus.

I am waiting with bated breath for the next novel to come out. It’s going to be all about the leader of the IGs – Seth and is due to be released July/August this year!

 

Teresa Gabelman’s highly popular paranormal romance series grips me every time I read on of the books. The Protectors series is about an elite group of vampire warriors who work for the Vampire Council, policing their laws and protecting the innocent, whether human or those of their own race.

This series is set in and around Cincinnati, USA; humans have known about the existence of vampires for less than a decade, werewolves only came out a year ago and it seems that more of the paranormal world is on the brink of exposure to the human world with the release of each of the latter books.

There are currently 13 books in the fast-paced, action-packed series.

I came to Jennifer Blackstream’s Blood Prince series quite late, I happened to read a short story by Ms Blackstream’s as part of a box set anthology of fairytales re-telling and really enjoyed her take on the Cinderella story and her unique storytelling style.

I like the way she takes traditional tales and makes them her own; Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, they all get the Blackstream treatment in this superb paranormal romance series!

I find Ms Blackstream’s writing style very easy to read, the pace and plot development is well balanced, I enjoy the twists and turns she takes us on and enjoy that she always puts a mystery to be solved in the background story arc that continues through this five book series.

 

The Guardians of Hades series is another great paranormal romance series by one of my go-to authors, Felicity Heaton.

The series is about Ares, Valen, Esher, Keras, Calistos, Daimon and Marek who are the sons of the Greek God of the Underworld, Hades, and his Earth Goddess wife, Persephone. Each son has been charged with guarding one of the seven gates to the Underworld – which are located here on Earth – from the daemons who want to use them and cause an apocalypse foretold by the Greek fates, the Moirai.

Each book focuses on one son and the woman who tames his heart, while the background story arc continues throughout and although the series isn’t completed yet, each book could be read as a standalone romance.

Have you read any of my can’t put down books? I’d love to hear which books grabbed you and wouldn’t let go until you’d finished the last page!

So, now you’ve read my post, why don’t you hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday. If you’re taking part too, don’t forget to leave your comment below with a link to your Top 5 Tuesday post so I can visit your blog and check out what your top 5 are.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Bye for now. x


13 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Unputdownable Reads

    1. Teresa Gabelman’s series are romances but they’ve got gritty back stories. I love the banter in The Protectors and as Teresa is a Tae Kwon Do black belt, her fight scenes are amazing!

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    1. Dianne Duvall’s IG is one of my favourites too, I’ve lost track of how often I’ve read the books. Try The Protectors, same fabulous banter and really strong, intelligent women; although probably more swearing! 😉

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  1. Sorry for commenting so late Flora I was unwel yesterday and my post will be posted in a few hours on a Wednesday LOL Now I totally agree with your description of unputdownable and if I haven’t read that series by KF Breen I have read other series that she wrote and it was captivating!

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